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Water & Infrastructure

Water is central to Michigan’s identity and economy, but monitoring its continued health and safety is not enough. That’s why the University of Michigan is partnering with communities across the state and beyond to address critical infrastructure issues that affect the health and safety of water resources. U-M researchers, for example, are developing autonomous technologies for aging stormwater systems to reduce the impacts of flooding — potentially saving lives and preventing billions of dollars in property damage. This type of collaborative approach to solving critical infrastructure issues will better integrate our built and natural environments, helping protect one of the state’s most valuable resources.

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SEAS Sustainability Clinic in Detroit
Sustainability Clinic in Detroit to help combat impacts of climate change
Michigan state capitol
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NERRS Science Collaborative awards over $4 million for user-driven coastal science
Downtown Detroit skyline; credit: Benjamin Morse
Eisenberg examines housing sector in Detroit
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Ocean microplastics: First global view shows seasonal changes and sources
Enbridge's Line 5 crosses Lake Michigan near the Mackinac Bridge, descending to a depth of roughly 270 feet as it runs along the lakebed. Animation: Steve Alvey, University of Michigan, College of Engineering.
The future of Line 5: Engineering under Lake Michigan
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Great Lakes Water Levels
In recent years, urine recycling has been studied as a way to produce renewable fertilizers while reducing the amount of energy and chemicals needed to treat wastewater.
‘Peecycling’ payoff: Urine diversion shows multiple environmental benefits when used at city scale
Removing and reusing phosphorus from agricultural runoff
Removing and reusing phosphorus from agricultural runoff
Great Lakes agriculture. Image credit: Michigan Sea Grant
More than 1.3 million jobs, $82 billion in wages directly tied to Great Lakes
Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Avery Carlson does research at the Ann Arbor Wastewater Treatment Plant. PHOTO: Joseph Xu
Give Earth [another] chance
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Smart infrastructure financing: Why data could be the answer
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Leiser and Mills contribute to resources for new Michigan Lead and Copper Rule
UM EHS Storm Water Video
Keep Our Michigan Waters Blue
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Resilient Great Lakes Coast
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Sustainable Small Harbors
Lut Raskin in a laboratory
Remaking Water Infrastructure
Artist’s rendering of a completed “bioretention flower garden” in Detroit’s Cody Rouge neighborhood. The gardens will soak up and store storm water to help reduce overflows during large storms. Image credit: University of Michigan/SNRE
Innovative gardens help manage stormwater while beautifying Detroit neighborhoods